Locally owned pizza chain now wants to be everything to everyone

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Rapid Fired Pizza continues its rapid expansion

Rapid Fired Pizza — the fast-growing Kettering-based restaurant chain that appears to have already fended off one competitor with a similar quick-service concept — is expanding its offerings and services to attract more customers and keep them coming back.

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Rapid Fired Pizza is launching 14-inch family-sized pies in response to customer demand. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

The latest move came this week when Rapid Fired announced it was adding a larger 14-inch pizza-crust option to a menu that had been built on more individual-sized 11-inch thin or 9-inch pan pizza options.

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In recent months, Rapid Fired also has launched delivery service to many of its existing restaurants, and the Xenia store that opened last month was the first to offer delivery from day one — “a first for the brand,” Rapid Fired co-founder Kelly Gray said.

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Ray Wiley, Rapid Fired’s co-founder who also launched the Hot Head Burritos brand, said adding the larger pizza option made sense.

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“We had a significant demand for a larger pizza from families,” Wiley told this news outlet. “And with the launch of delivery, a larger pizza seemed to be a logical addition.”

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The larger pizzas are available in both thin and pan-crust options that can be customized from eight sauces, eight cheeses, more than 30 toppings, and 14 dipping sauces.

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Rapid Fired restaurants also had gotten many requests from customers for delivery, the chain’s co-fonder said.

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“We saw that as much as 50 percent of our business was carry-out, so we added delivery,” Wiley said. Our goal is to be ‘Everything-in-Pizza.’”

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Rapid Fired also is offering a “NO-DOH” pizza — esssentially a pizza without a crust — designed to address low-carb, low-cal and gluten-free demand. Wiley said the offering has generated an enthusiastic response.

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The first Rapid Fired Pizza opened in September 2015 on Ohio 725 east of the Dayton Mall. The chain now has 22 stores open in two states and many more under construction. The chain has entered into agreements with developers that could lead to as many as 200 or more new locations in Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and California.

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Rapid Fired was the first fast-casual, quick-serve pizza concept to open in the Dayton area, but two other chains followed suit: MOD Pizza, which operates restaurants in Englewood and Centerville, and PizzaFire, which shut down its only Dayton-area location in Kettering in early January after about 16 months.

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Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:11 PM

Britney Spears’ Ex-Husband K-Fed Wants an Increase in Child Support

After seeing how successful her four-year Las Vegas residency has been, Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is asking for an increase in child support.

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Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from her for their two sons, Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11. 

Married from 2004 to 2007, the former couple decided on that amount after Spears lost sole physical and legal custody over the children and was placed in a still-ongoing conservatorship under the care of her father during their highly-publicized 2008 divorce. However, now that her residency has grossed over $137 million in four short years, Federline is looking to cash in, believing the success of her show was “in part because the boys have been in her life.”

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“Kevin has always been supportive of Britney’s recovery and has always recognized what a great mother she has been,” a source familiar with the situation told US Weekly. “Britney’s entire world are the boys, period. She just lights up when she is with them.”

However, Federline additionally feels he’s entitled to an increase in child support in order to “recognize the sacrifices he has made because he has gone above and beyond what most people would do in this situation.”

Both Spears and Federline are reportedly hoping to reach an agreement outside of court, with the insider adding, “Britney won’t be involved with any of the legal discussions regarding the increase request. She will let her dad, Jamie, and the lawyers hash it out. However, Jamie isn’t just going to fork over what he would consider an outrageous demand.”

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Dogs separated at adoption randomly find each other at crowded market

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:38 PM

Dogs Parted at Adoption Randomly Find Each Other

A couple strolled through downtown Seattle’s iconic, bustling Pike Place Market food stands on a clear winter Saturday when their dog started running through the booths

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"We noticed a puppy who looked very similar in age and appearance to [our dog] Maui, and once they saw each other they got really excited and started playing together," owner Kaitlyn Hawkins told KIRO 7. "After chatting with the other owners we realized that the dogs are siblings."

The 11-month-old dogs rolled around, embracing each other in their coincidental reunion. 

Maui and her sister Juniper were adopted from Russia. They were flow to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last May as puppies.

The two dogs recognizing each other nearly a year later has made them an internet sensation. With more than 15 million visitors exploring the historic district annually, people find the encounter quite remarkable. 

A worker at the Pike Place Market captured the moment in a video, and nearly 3 million people have watched it on Facebook

"I witnessed the coolest thing," the Facebook post said. "They even had identifying tattoos that confirmed it. This joyful reunion went on for over a half an hour, in fact they were still at it when I left the market." 

After the two families chatted, they realized they briefly met while picking the dogs up at the airport. They've exchanged phone numbers and plan to meet again soon for a play date at a dog park. 

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Delta ending discount for NRA members 

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:40 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Delta Air Lines will be ending discounts for NRA members.
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Delta Air Lines will be ending discounts for NRA members.(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced Saturday it is ending a discount for National Rifle Association members.

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The move comes as some other businesses broke ties with the NRA amid debate over gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this month.

“We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website,” Delta said in a written statement.

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The move comes as some other businesses break ties with the NRA amid debate over gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this month

Following is a list of some of the companies that have cut ties or distanced themselves from the NRA:

  • United Airlines -- United tweeted Saturday, "United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website." 

  • Delta Air Lines -- Delta issued the following statement Saturday: "Delta is reaching out to the National Rifle Association to let it know we will be ending its contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website." 

  • First National Bank of Omaha -- The bank announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.

  • The Hertz Corp. -- The rental car company ended its discount program for NRA members.

  • MetLife Inc. -- The insurer terminated discounts that had been offered to NRA members on the NRA website

  • Enterprise Holdings Inc. -- The car rental company that also owns Alamo and National cut off discounts for NRA members.

  • Symantec Corp. -- The software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology ended its discount program with the NRA.

  • Chubb Ltd. -- The insurer announced it was ending participation in the NRA's gun-owner insurance program, though it provided notice three months ago.

  • Best Western -- The hotel chain told multiple social media users that it was no longer affiliated with the NRA, though it did not say when that decision was made.

  • Wyndham Hotels -- The hotel chain told social media users it is no longer affiliated with the NRA without specifying when that decision was made.

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3 rental car companies cancel discounts for NRA members

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:45 AM

NRA Member Discounts Canceled at 3 Rental Car Companies

Three car rental companies have discontinued discounts and deals for National Rifle Association members, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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The moves by Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental, all owned by Enterprise Holdings, were done in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

The car rental companies will end their discounts on March 26, the Morning News reported.

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The NRA has faced intense criticism following the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

An NRA spokeswoman referred questions Thursday to the group's licensing department. A phone message left with that office was not immediately returned.

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